In moments of change and transition, what supports us and keeps us afloat?
A raft is the simplest and most fragile vehicle of survival on open water. Ancient as human language, rafts are still needed during urgent crossings. From the Abrahamic story of Noah’s Arc to the idea of Earth as a lonely life raft floating in space, the symbol of a raft has often represented the ultimate preserver of life.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, artist and composer Rory Pilgrim developed RAFTS as the second chapter in a body of performance, film and sonic work exploring how the climate crisis relates to support structures in our everyday lives. RAFTS was made for the Radio Ballads exhibition to explore stories of support in our everyday lives. Discover more about the exhibition and the RAFTS project here: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/radio-ballads-exhibition/
At the heart of RAFTS is a concert broadcast that interweaves stories, poetry and reflections around a seven-song oratorio that makes connections between work, mental health, home, recovery, and our environment. Serpentine presents a special one-night concert on 26 November, at Cadogen Hall bringing to life Rory Pilgrim’s film, RAFTS, beyond the screen. Learn more about the concert and book here: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/rafts-live/